Media coverage about Southern Missouri Bancorp (NASDAQ:SMBC) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Southern Missouri Bancorp earned a coverage optimism score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the savings and loans company an impact score of 44.8801364789578 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Southern Missouri Bancorp (SMBC) traded up 2.60% during trading on Wednesday, hitting $32.74. 17,445 shares of the stock traded hands. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $31.82 and its 200-day moving average is $32.88. Southern Missouri Bancorp has a 12 month low of $23.00 and a 12 month high of $37.00. The stock has a market cap of $243.91 million, a P/E ratio of 15.74 and a beta of 0.68.

Southern Missouri Bancorp (NASDAQ:SMBC) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, July 24th. The savings and loans company reported $0.49 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.48 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $16.43 million during the quarter. Southern Missouri Bancorp had a return on equity of 11.87% and a net margin of 21.43%. On average, analysts forecast that Southern Missouri Bancorp will post $2.40 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, August 31st. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, August 15th were given a $0.11 dividend. This is a boost from Southern Missouri Bancorp’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.10. The ex-dividend date was Friday, August 11th. This represents a $0.44 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.34%. Southern Missouri Bancorp’s dividend payout ratio is presently 21.15%.

Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on SMBC shares. BidaskClub lowered shares of Southern Missouri Bancorp from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Friday, July 28th. ValuEngine raised shares of Southern Missouri Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, June 6th.

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In other Southern Missouri Bancorp news, EVP Mark E. Hecker acquired 8,405 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, August 25th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $32.99 per share, for a total transaction of $277,280.95. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 1,660 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $54,763.40. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, Director Dennis C. Robison sold 9,400 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, June 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $33.20, for a total value of $312,080.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 2,387 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $79,248.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 19,602 shares of company stock valued at $635,577 in the last quarter. 18.37% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

About Southern Missouri Bancorp

Southern Missouri Bancorp, Inc is the holding company for Southern Bank (the Bank). The principal business of the Bank consists primarily of attracting retail deposits from the public and using such deposits along with wholesale funding from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (FHLB), and brokered deposits.

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